Celebrate People's History: James Baldwin

Artwork
Identifier:
2020.23.84
Artist:
John Jennings
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
2 Color Offset Printed Poster
Date:
December 2015
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 17" Width: 11"
Description:
This poster is red and blue with fists in the top of the image and a man in blue in the bottom right. There is a quote in white text on the left that says, "To be Black + conscious in America is to live in a constant state of rage" - James Baldwin.
Historical Context:
The Celebrate People’s History posters are rooted in the do-it-yourself tradition of mass-produced political propaganda. These posters embody democracy, inclusion, and group participation in the writing and interpretation of the past. Unlike most political posters, the posters part of the Celebrate People’s History series tell the stories of the underdogs, those individuals and groups helping to move forward the collective struggle of humanity to create a more just world. For 20 years, over 130 different posters have been displayed on the streets of over a dozen cities representing over 150 artists and writers. The Celebrate People’s History Poster Series has been organized and curated by Josh MacPhee since 1998.